Monster Trade Imbalance Revealed In China's Car Industry

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
monster trade imbalance revealed in china s car industry

Some people are still worried about the Chinese trade imbalance. They should look at the car industry. Car-wise, China’s trade is shockingly imbalanced, a report of Chinas automotive industry association CAAM shows.In the first quarter of 2011, China exported 163,800 units. 83,200 of those were passenger cars, 80,600 were trucks and such.

In the same quarter, China imported 236,500 units. Passenger to commercial was not broken out, but one can safely assume that China imports very few cheap delivery vans.

While nothing to write home about, exports are up 53.92 percent in Q1, while imports rose 31.67 percent.

Prime export destinations of Chinese cars and trucks are interesting markets such as Algeria, Syria, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Iraq, Iran, Uruguay, Peru, Vietnam and Columbia (in that order.)

Prime importers (again in that order) are Japan, Germany, Korea, the U.S, Mexico, and the UK.

Value-wise, it’s hard to get a handle on. The report says the 83,200 cars exported were worth $584 million (that is $7000 per car) and the 80,600 commercial vehicles brought $1.359 billion (that’s $16,000 per unit – some trucks are large, some cheap little pickups.) A value for the imported cars was not given. But it’s typically higher end cars that get imported, the lower end ones are made locally. You can bet that money-wise the imbalance is much greater.

So where should you look when you need an example for where China is truly flooding foreign markets with cheap goods? Sex toys. China makes 70 percent of the world’s adult playthings. Did you ever wonder why that new vibrator has less stamina than an octogenarian? Now you know.

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  • Contrarian Contrarian on May 09, 2011

    I'd rather my car broke down before the end of the journey than my sex toy ;-)

  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on May 09, 2011

    I think sex toy vs. automotive production is something we should chart on a regular basis. It'll get our page views up!

  • Philadlj Philadlj on May 09, 2011

    Not long ago one could create a Gawker "hybrid" blog that filtered all but two of Gawker's blogs for ya. One possible combo was Jalopnik (cars) and Fleshbot (porn). I don't know if you can still do that (I certainly couldn't due to all the NSFW) but this current thread reminded me of it for some reason.

  • Sinistermisterman Sinistermisterman on May 09, 2011

    I would love to know where you found out about the sex toys statistics Bertel.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on May 11, 2011

      He probably stepped into a Walgreen's when in Detroit.